The following WILL preclude an applicant from riding
- Extremely poor head control.
- Excessive, chronic and/or recurring pain, especially as a result of physical activity.
- Pathological fractures – i.e. osteogenesis imperfecta, severe osteoporosis.
- Uncontrolled seizures – categorised by tonic/clonic type occurring more than once a week.
- Acute stage rheumatoid arthritis or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
- Open pressure sores, or wounds.
- Unstable spine – including recent spinal injury and/or surgery, atlanto-axial dislocation, spondylolysthesis, acute disc herniation.
- Severe behavioural disorders e.g. aggressive episodes resulting in safety concerns.
- Severe fatigue related conditions i.e. multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, ABI.
- Severe clotting related blood disorders i.e. haemophilia and/or medication/treatments which cause clotting related disorders such as heart conditions/chemotherapy.
- Degeneration/dislocation of the hip joint.
- Excessive weight (90 kgs and above – VCAT Exemption A296/2008).
The following conditions MAY preclude an applicant from riding. A qualified RDAV coach will provide an assessment at the centre and advise whether it is safe or appropriate for the applicant to ride.
- Poor endurance/fatigue related conditions (e.g. MS, MD, ABI).
- Muscle tone abnormalities – high tone (spasticity) or low tone.
- Osteoporosis (permission required by orthopaedic specialist).
- Scoliosis – especially severe and/or fixed (permission required by orthopaedic
- Spinal fusion with rod type internal fixation, e.g. Harrington or CD rods (permission
required by orthopaedic specialist).
- Allergies – especially severe anaphylactic reactions.
- Recent surgery (permission required by surgeon)
- Acquired Brain Injury in past 2 years (permission required by neurologist).
- Heart conditions i.e. postural hypotension, hypertension, coronary artery disease.
- Dysplasia of the hip (permission required by orthopaedic specialist).
- High level spinal cord paralysis.
- Medication – drug dosage negatively affecting physical/cognitive function.
- Thermoregulatory problems e.g. ABI.
- Hydrocephalus/cranial shunt.
- Respiratory conditions – e.g. asthma, chronic airways disease.
- Seizures – type/frequency.
- Gastric feeding tube.
- Skin disorders – especially circulatory and/or impaired sensation.